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December Newsletter

What's Happen'n Art Movement

This Month's Event

New Expressions by the

ArtTHENA Group!

WHAM is proud to present the exhibit,

New Expressions by the ArtTHENA Group, with the opening

Reception December 3rd at 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Exhibition Dates: December 1 through December 31, 2021

Please join us! All are welcome - free admission!

The show is at WHAM West Gallery – 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise 85378

For more information call the gallery at (623)-584-8311.

WHAM Gallery News &

Gift Shop!

The Holidays are coming! Please stop by our Gift Shop and purchase a unique gift for your loved one. Holiday hours include half day opened on December 24th. Closed December 25th and re-opening normal business day Tuesday December 28th.


Feeding the Hungry!

If you missed Bowls of Hope charity event, we have bowls left for you to purchase to benefit local charities. For a $12 donation, select one-of-a-kind handmade bowl made by WHAM's clay artists and help feed the hungry and homeless in our community. At the end of Thanksgiving to early January, we give back by offering handmade

bowls for you to buy. Buying a bowl is a reminder that someone else's bowl is empty. The profits will go to local charities. WHAM is committed to giving back to the community and will continue this effort this year hoping to help give hope to those less fortunate.

One of the charities we support is StreetlightUSA. An estimated 24.9 million victims worldwide at any given time, fall prey to traffickers exploiting them for their own profit. According to the United Nations, human trafficking affects every county in the world, but it’s not talked about enough. So we’re talking about it. WHAM has been giving funds to the StreetlightUSA Shelter, Glendale, AZ, for 4 years from profits of our Bowls of Hope fundraiser. WHAM also gives this shelter’s girls free art classes twice a month. Please buy a bowl to help this program. Bowls available through December at WHAM.

Gift Shop:


David Fudge

David Fudge is our Featured Artist for the remainder of the year! David is an award winning photographer who we are proud to have teaching photography at WHAM Art Association! He has been taking

photographs since the age of 8 years old and his professional debut began in 1972 when he photographed his first wedding. David has since captured special memories at weddings, birthday parties, sporting events, family reunions, anniversaries, and family reunions. He is also skilled at taking portraits as well as landscapes, macro, flower and abstract photography. An expert with Adobe Photoshop, David has performed over 800 photo restorations. Please visit our Gift Shop to see various examples of David's work! You may also view his work online at and receive a 10 % discount when ordering online.


WHAM On Wheels

Taking Art Classes to Communities!

WHAM on Wheels will be at the following events for the holiday season! We will be painting ceramic ornaments in Goodyear and Surprise and Holiday Wooden Masks in

Avondale. Please stop by any of these free events with the kiddos to make a lasting memory.

• Saturday, Dec 4, 11am-5pm Classic Car Show & Surprise Party! Mark Coronado Park, Surprise

• Saturday, Dec 4, 5pm-8pm: Winterfest at City of Avondale City Hall

• Saturday, Dec 4, 5pm-9pm Goodyear Glows at Goodyear Recreation Center

WHAM APPLES for ART Campaign truly supports our Spring Break Camp 2022 by giving the gift of art to our community kids.

Contact CARree for more information. What a great success this summer Art Camp has been. We look to spring break art camp now!

Apples for Art Campaign is growing! Apples for Art "Apple" Drive we are currently seeking donors and sponsors to reach our goal of $5,000 for 2022. For $25 minimum donation you will get your name on the wall and an apple filled with goodies! Your support helps fund the spring and summer art camps for kids! Thank you!

 Poetry Night:


Friday, Dec. 17th


Began February 19th and will continue every other month on the third Friday from 6pm to 8pm.

Event is BOTH virtual and live with LIMITED SEATING in gallery.

December 17th

Theme: TBD

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE

Hosted by: Margaret Lieu & WHAM Art Center

MC'd by: Dustin Garvey

Contact Margaret and leave email if interested in attending virtually. Limited seating in person, reservations required. or (623-777-9116)

WHAM Kids:


Apples for Art Program

This campaign truly supports our Spring and Summer Camp by giving the gift of art to our community kids.

Contact CARree for more information. What a great success this summer Art Camp has been. We look to spring break art camp now!

Apples for Art Campaign is growing!

Apples for Art "Apple" Drive we are currently seeking donors and sponsors to reach our goal of $5,000 for 2021. For $25 minimum donation you will get your name on the wall and an apple filled with goodies! Your support helps fund the spring and summer art camps for kids! Thank you!


WHAM is partnering with Women4Women December 13

WHAM (What’s Happen’n Art Movement) is a non-profit art organization committed to giving back to the community. Women4Women of Surprise, is managed by Jo Grant, provides feminine hygiene products for homeless and low-income women. 

Their mission is to help women maintain their dignity and health by distributing bags of feminine hygiene products. Since the pandemic has hit, the West Valley-area giving to the Homeless has been a challenge. Many have lost jobs and are not able to give as they did in the past. Women 4 Women is determined to provide as much hygiene products as they can, but they are in a very difficult situation right now because of the pandemic.

On September 13th WHAM held a group bagging day to put together 136 bags for Women 4 Women. City Council member Alyson Cline of Surprise and Councilwoman Vicki Hunt of Peoria were among 12 city residents and WHAM members who participated. These bags will be distributed to many shelters, schools, and other non-profits upon request. Two such charities we are currently distributing to is Homeless Youth Connection and Streetlight USA. Each bag contains pads or tampons, pantie liners, hand wipes and feminine wipes. WHAM will host a bagging day every quarter with the next community participation day will be December 13th at 3:00 p.m. The date will be announced on FB and Instagram as well as on WHAM’s Website 

If you’d like to provide supplies or participate contact Jo Grant at 520-401-2878. Women 4 Women is a non-profit 501(c)3 that gives the Arizona Tax credit for donations. WHAM is dedicated to the advancement of the arts for educational and cultural enrichment with an emphasis on encouraging the creative process in our West Valley’s diverse population. More information may be found at


Check out the classes we have in store for you!



Date: Fri December 3

Time: Fri 6pm to 8pm

Subject: WHAM Nights Family Paint Party-Paint Night with a Twist!

All supplies PROVIDED for a $25 donation each participant.

All proceeds will benefit our WHAM Kids Art Programs



Didn’t find the class you were looking for?! We have classes added each month to our schedule, all mediums, and different dates, for updates and specific questions or class requests call

CARree Tolle, Art Education & Class Manager 

@ (602) 614-9446 or email


Adaptive Art:

          Memory Care

Our adaptive classes made bird houses last month! See our artists at work.

Did you know WHAM offers a program called “Finding the Artist Within”? It is a class for our special needs

program for those with physical disabilities, cognitive, developmental, or mental health disorders. Wham believes ART is for everyone. Through a sponsorship we offer scholarships to individuals.

The Artist Within is held every third Thursday of the month. Contact Cindy Chambers 623-584-8311 for more information.

Memory Care takes place the third Friday of the month. Please contact Mary Hamilton for more information.

DROP-IN class at the WHAM Art Center are on the 3rd Thursday and/or the 3rd Friday for Memory Care, from 10am-12pm- $20 per person. Call WHAM at 623-584-8311 or visit the website to reserve your spot! Volunteers are needed!

Special thank you to Mike and Carol Woodard for their generous gift to support this program!. Click below for more info.


Veterans Program:

Art: A Path to Healing

Look what our Veterans have been working and is now installed! The project is for Falcon Park in Goodyear, AZ. The city wanted a mural for a building at the park and asked Wham artist Marty Wolfe to design the project whereby the Wham Veterans made all of the clay pieces and put the mural together under Marty's guidance. There are two sides to the installation - Side one is a Desert Scene and side two is the Falcon.

Surprise and Peoria veteran groups meet monthly at the WHAM Art Center.

WHAM Art Association offers a FREE art program for veterans of all ages. The program includes a 4-hour session in which participants  learn from professional artists, held the second Monday and fourth Thursday of every month from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. Classes will range from drawing to painting, and other mediums. No experience necessary!

During each session, supplies are provided for each participant and each class will be taught by a professional artist. A light lunch will also be provided. Want to join the fun! Call Marty Wolfe at 623-606-1649 (about the program video below)


WHAM Nights:

Family Paint Party

Friday, December 3rd

6:00-8:00 pm

“WHAM NIGHTS” Family Paint Party - Paint Night With A Twist!

Come enjoy a fun, family evening of painting, art trivia, raffle prizes, beverages, and snacks. Snacks and drinks are welcome!

Held on the first Friday of every month at WHAM Community Art Center. Time: 6-8:00 pm.

Our event is a perfect date night, girls night out or fun family evening! Fun for the entire family!

THIS IS AN EVENING CLASS- PLEASE ENTER SOUTH SIDE CLASSROOM ENTRANCE (as the front gallery will be closed) See you in class.

Instructor: Deb Dahlin            

Course fee: $25  per Non-Member

$15 per Member

Class size minimum 4 maximum 10

All supplies provided.

*Member Discount Pricing Available (members get a $10 discount) email discount code request to:

Click the button below to learn more!

WHAM Mini Workshops:

Half-Day Workshops

Saturday, Dec., 6th

9:30am-12:30 pm


Enjoy the arts with WHAM Mini Workshops for Adults.(suitable for ages 16+)

WHAM Half-Day Workshops will be held the first Saturday of each month. Each workshop you will come away with tips, ideas, and additional skills to advance your personal artworks or simply gain the experience of enjoying the arts in a fun and relaxing environment you are sure to enjoy.

Each workshop is taught by a professional artist bringing a variety of mediums and skill level to the classroom. Workshops will range from $25 to $55 per class depending on medium and subject matter. Class size minimum 4 maximum 20

Subject: TBD
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Instructor: WHAM Volunteer
Course Fee: $55 non-members|
$45 members

*All supplies provided.
*Member Discount Pricing Available (members get a $10 discount) email discount code request to:

Adult Painting Classes

Adult Art Class - Loose Impressionism Acrylic Painting Class (suitable for ages 16+) 


Classes held on the 3rd Thursday every month


Enjoy a loose acrylic painting class in a comfortable atmosphere. Perfect for beginners and challenging enough for experienced acrylic painters who want to have fun. This class focuses on a specific style of "Loose" Acrylic Painting on canvas. Develop your artistic eye and create a style of your own. Each class you will be able to complete a piece of art on canvas to take home with you along with a few more learned techniques.


Dec 16th - Christmas Cactus/Still Life

Jan 20th - Butterfly Koi

Feb 17th - Pitcher & Apples / Still Life

Mar 17th - Avocados Still Life

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Cost: $35 non-member | $25 member

Instructor: CARree



Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Adult Drawing Class (age 16+) - Beginners welcome!

Learn drawing/sketching basics, understanding values, and study the many techniques of drawing. Come

enjoy the beginning stages of the art of drawing. You will get you comfortable with the pencil and soon your pencil will be your best friend! Each class we will focus on drawing basics, techniques, and tools, using a different subject matter each class. Classes held on the 2nd Thursday every month.


Dec 9th - Intro to Drawing - Grid Drawing

Jan 13th - Intro to Drawing

Feb 10th - Intro to Drawing

Mar 10th - Intro to Drawing

Apr 14th - Intro to Drawing

May 12th - Intro to Drawing

Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Cost:  $35.00 non-member | $25 for members

Instructor: CARree

Max. 10 students per class

All supplies will be provided.



1st Wed. of the Month

Teen WHAM art club meetings are created for open art projects in preparation for contests, events, community art project pieces, celebrating and welcoming new Teen WHAM members, recognizing teen participatory assignments and art projects,volunteer recognition and preparedness.

Teen WHAM art club announcements and fundraiser events, city projects and local events.

Dec 1st  - Teen Christmas Party (Register under the SPECIAL EVENTS tab)
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cost: $10 per Non-Member | FREE per Member
Instructor: CARree

NOTE: Please enter South side of Art Center using Class entrance for all classes scheduled 4pm and later as the front Gallery will be closed for the day.


2nd Wed. of the Month

December 8th 4:30pm to 6:30pm!  Join the fun! –Creating and making Art.

Teen WHAM art classes are geared specifically for teens ages 13 to 19; where teens gather in an art club

atmosphere for inspiration, art instruction, and a place to belong. Each month we will be studying different aspects of art. Drawing, painting, creating, and developing long lasting creative, critical thinking skills, and building stronger social skills while adding art to their way of life. 

Teen WHAM is led by art instructor CARree with occasional visits from guest Artists educating and sharing their artistic talents and techniques with the teens. 

ASK about ‘Teen WHAM’ club membership program (additional teen member perks, extra events, activities, and community art events, exclusively for teen WHAM members).

Date: Second Wednesday of each month

Dec 8th - Art Lesson

Time: 4:30pm -6:30pm

Cost: $20 per Non-Member | $10 per Member

Instructor: CARree (Teen WHAM Manager)

All supplies provided

NOTE: Please enter South side of Art Center using Class entrance for all classes scheduled 4pm and later as the front Gallery will be closed for the day.


Heather Young through a grant from the Peoria Arts Commission, will be teaching classes at 2 of Peoria’s libraries monthly! Classes are in the evening from 5-7pm and open to 20 teenagers 12-18 years of age who sign up at the library.

She still needs volunteers for the following days. Please contact her via email at or call her at 480-815-2421 if you are interested and needing volunteer time. She will be teaching the class but needs one person to help take photos, pass out supplies and make the evening fun! 4th Monday of the month at Peoria Main Library, 8463 W Monroe St, Peoria, AZ · Volunteer these day:

        • Monday, December 20 5pm-7pm Tie-Dye

        • Monday, February 28 5pm-7pm Picasso Portrait

        • Monday, March 28 5pm-7pm Lighted Paper Lantern

        • Monday, April 25 5pm-7pm Painted Rock Picture Holder

        • Monday, May 23 5pm-7pm Recycled Flower


1st Sat. of the Month

WHAM Kids First Saturday of the month Arts & Crafts (ages 8 to 12) This is an Apples for Art Program. We will be participating in small arts & crafts projects, with a different medium each month, consisting of either watercolor, mixed media, painting, crafts and small projects.

All supplies are provided. Each Arts & Craft Workshop your child will have an arts & craft project to bring home. Only a small $5 registration fee is required per child, thanks to Sponsorships, Donations and Volunteers for the WHAM Kids Art Programs.

Dates:  1st Saturday of each month

Dec 4th - Christmas Trees and Snowmen


Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cost: $10 non-member| $5 member

Instructor: Professional WHAM Artist (Volunteers)

Maximum 16 students

All supplies will be provided


1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month

Kid’s art classes are designed to help create art in children’s development across many domains, physical, social, cognitive, emotional, imagination and experimentation development. Art will help your child develop these skills and CARree is

here to help each child develop and grow. Each class we will be concentrating on drawing techniques, most drawings will be able to be completed.

These classes are designed specifically for children ages 5 to 7 years old.

Dates:  1st & 3rd Thursday of each month

Dec 2nd - Polar Bears-drawing, oil pastels and watercolors

Dec 16th -  TBD

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Cost: $15 non-member | $10 member

Instructor: CARree

Minimum 4 students/Max 8
All supplies will be provided.
Please enter on south side classroom entrance, as front gallery will be closed.

Kids Art Classes (ages 8-12)


Dec 7th - Art with CARree

Dec 21st - Art with Darlene

Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Please enter on south side classroom entrance, as front gallery will be closed

Kids Advanced Drawing Classes (ages 8-12)


These classes are specifically geared towards intermediate to advanced drawing level for kids wanting to learn

learn more advanced drawing, technical, value, scale and shading skills.

Dates: 1st Monday of each month 
Dec 6th - Figure Drawing, Steps
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: $25 non-members | $20 members
Instructor: CARree

Minimum 4 students/Max 12
All supplies will be provided

Please enter on south side classroom entrance, as front gallery will be closed

*Member Discount Pricing Available (members get a $5 discount) email voucher code request to:


Art Curriculum

This art class has been specifically created to help Home school Parents fulfill there commended studies in art. Blended learning studies have become beneficial for students on many levels in diverse educational foundations such as home school, alternative and charter schooling.

This Home school Art Session has a COMPLETE ART CURRICULUM. Students will experience hands-on arts, art studies, art history, assignments, which include reading, writing and valuable art lessons, painting, drawing, mixed media arts and pastels. 

Classes are designed to be small with individual students to have hands on and one-on-one art education. Students will perform up to 6 complete artworks during the duration of each course and have homework assignments.

Winter Session:

Jan 12th, 19, 26th, Feb 2nd, 9th & 16th

Spring Session:

April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 , 18

Time:  10am-12pm for 6th-10th graders & 2pm-4pm 1st -5th graders

Course fee:  $200 for entire course

Instructor:  CARree (Certified Art Therapy Coach & Home school Master Class Certification, with Color Yourself Purple)

Maximum 6 students - must pre-register, limited seating

All supplies provided.


WHAM Member artist calls!

• A Call to WHAM Artists to enter artwork for a two-month exhibit at the Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise for January & February of 2022 This venue has a very spacious lobby and offers public performances in the 1300 seat theater. More information is available on the WHAM website under the Gallery/Call to Artists tab to get to Entrythingy. The theme for this art exhibit is “Realism and Abstractions”. Please contact Diane Freeman at her email address for more information.

Want to become a WHAM member? You are Already?!! Here are the benefits!


● Discount on Art Classes

● Classroom Rental Discount (art instruction/class use)

● Art Clubs & Special Events (art collaboration)

● Monthly Member Meetings

● Ability to hang your artwork at no cost to you unless it sells then you pay 20% plus processing fees.

● Usage of WHAM building during open hours with approval

● Access to an Artist community to share ideas

● Ability to sell artwork in the Gift Shop at no cost to you unless it sells, then you donate 20% back plus applicable PayPal fees

● Opportunities to give back to the community with your volunteer hours for classes and events!

WHAM general monthly meetings have returned. The next meeting is January 22nd. Please visit the website for updates as times could change. It is always a great time to meet new members and enjoy hearing all the happenings at Wham! 

Join our Facebook WHAM Art-Members only page to share what is on your easel, inspirations, and happenings in the art community! You must be a current member to join the group.


WHAM is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing art education for the local community with the intent of enhancing artistic talents.

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Our mailing address is: 16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise, AZ 85378